Find Your Tour

Period
Duration
Days

Two Capitals and the Golden Ring

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Price and dates for regular tours are valid for Spanish speaking tourists only. Tours in English are available upon request.


Two Capitals and the Golden Ring

St. Petersburg – Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Rostov – Sergiev Posad

10 Days / 9 Nights

Departure dates 2015

 

Day 1. St. Petersburg

Arrival, transfer to the hotel, check in.

 

Day 2. St. Petersburg

Breakfast.

In the morning we will go on a panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg, the city which is called ¨Venice of the North¨ for its numerous rivers and canals that divide Saint Petersburg into beautiful islands. We will make several photo stops, one will be on St. Isaac’s square near magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral; the other in the Field of Mars that has a unrivalled view of the Church of Our Saviour on Spilt Blood; then at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island to enjoy the splendid panorama of the Peter and Paul fortress, the Winter Palace and the river Neva. We will continue our tour ofSt. Nicholas Cathedral. Afterwards, we will go to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the cradle of the city.

 

Day 3. St. Petersburg

Breakfast.

We will dedicate this morning to a visit of the world renowned State Hermitage museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Its collections comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Among the treasures of the Hermitage are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin etc.

 

Day 4. St. Petersburg

Breakfast.

Package tour ¨The suburbs of Saint Petersburg¨

(Optional) We recommend you to dedicate this day to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg and go to the majestic summer residences of Russian Emperors: Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Peterhof. In the morning we will go to the town of Pushkin to visit the spectacular Catherine Palace with its famous ¨Golden Suite of rooms¨ including the unique Amber Room. Afterwards, we continue to the residence of Peter the Great - Peterhof located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. We will walk along the beautiful parks of Peterhof, enjoy the majestic water cascades, elegant gardens adorned with classical statues.

 

Day 5. St. Petersburg/ Moscow

Breakfast.

A transfer to the train station is scheduled according to the departure of the train, we will take a high speed train Sapsan to Moscow.

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel, check in.

 

Day 6. Moscow

Breakfast.

Today we will get acquainted with Moscow, the capital of Russia, during a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, we will drive along the main streets and squares, make photo stops at the most picturesque places of the city and see Red Square, the Bolshoy Theatre, St. Basil Cathedral, the building of Lyubyanka, the former KGB headquarters; and many others. We will make a stop to admire the beautiful Novodevichiy Convent, visit the famous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which has a tragic history of its own. Afterwards we will go down on a fascinating trip of Moscow Metro that is considered to be among the most beautiful metros in the world. Some say that stations are as beautiful as palace halls. We will continue our tour by walking along the famous Arbat street, one of the oldest streets of the city that remains to be the cultural and tourist centre of the capital.

 

Day 7. Moscow

Breakfast.

This morning we will visit the historical and political centre of Moscow – the Kremlin.

During an unforgettable walk around the impressing territory of the Kremlin, the ancient citadel of Moscow we will visit one of the Cathedrals, see the Palace of the President, the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon.

 

Day 8. Moscow/Vladimir/Suzdal

Breakfast.

 

Today we will get acquainted with the famous towns of the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is a tourist route that passes through the ancient towns located around Moscow. White stone architecture of the towns of the Golden Ring was included in UNESCO World Heritage list.

 

Transfer to Vladimir.

A tour of the historical centre of Vladimir will tell us about the history of the town. Today we will visit the Assumption Cathedral, one of the principal churches of medieval Russia of the 12th-14th centuries that is now part of World Heritage. The exterior walls of the church are covered with elaborated engravings. The interior was painted in the 12th century and repainted by Andrei Rubliov. We will definitely see the Golden Doors and Cathedral of St. Dmitry.

(Optional) Transfer to Bogolyubovo. Visit to the Church of Intercession on the Nerl and the ensemble of Bogolyubovsky monastery.

 

Transfer to Suzdal.

In 1024 the town of Suzdal was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time. Very soon the town became a major religious centre that counted numerous monasteries and churches. Today the town is an important tourist centre that has a large number of finest examples of ancient Russian architecture.

 

A sightseeing tour of the town includes a visit to the Kremlin of Suzdal, the Nativity Cathedral, the Euthymios Saviour Monastery, the cathedral of Transfiguration, the museum of Wooden Art and the monastery of the Intercession.

Check in at the hotel.


Day 9. Rostov / Sergiev Posad

Breakfast.

Transfer to Rostov.

Rostov is one of the most ancient towns in Russia. Starting 988 it was one of the principle Russian eparchies. In the 13th century Rostov became the capital of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. Even after it lost independence Rostov continued being an extremely important religious centre. We will visit the Kremlin and the Museum of Smalts, and walk to lake Nero.

Transfer to Sergiev Posad.

Check in at the hotel.

 

Day 10. Sergiev Posad

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport.

 

Price in EUR per person includes tour operator commission.

 

Price is valid for the requests of 4 and more guests

 

THE PRICE INLCUDES

-Accommodation: 4 nights at the Ambassador Hotel 4*

3 nights at the Holiday INN Lesnaya Hotel 4*

1 night at the Pushkarskaia Sloboda Hotel 4*

1 night at the Imperial Village 4*

-Buffet breakfast in the hotel

-Transfers (transfer upon arrival with an English speaking guide and departure transfer without a guide)

-Tours and excursions in Saint Petersburg: city tour, St. Nicholas Church, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage museum.

-Tours and excursions in Moscow: city tour, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Metro, a walk along Arbat Street, Kremlin.

-Tours and excursions in Vladimir, Suzdal, Rostov according to the programme

-Transport: a/c minibus or bus for all the tours and transfers

-English speaking guide

-Entrances to the museums as per the itinerary

-Ticket to the high speed train ¨Sapsan¨ Saint Petersburg – Moscow, standard class.